Jean Marie Andrews, Board President
Jean Marie is a St. Louis native and spent a decade teaching in the Kirkwood School District. She earned her degree in Early Childhood and Special Education from Fontbonne University and taught Kindergarten, Second and Third grades at Robinson Elementary. During that time, Jean Marie developed the district’s Extended Day program for kids at-risk.
Jean Marie and her husband Ben have lived in Kirkwood since 2012. Her children are Paige, North Kirkwood Middle School and Caroline, and Jack, who attend Keysor Elementary.
As Vice President of the board, Jean Marie served on the following District Committees: Communication, Safety, Curriculum, Strategic Planning, and Policy Management. She also co-chaired the successful 2017 Prop K campaign to restore class size guidelines for our students.
Kirkwood School Board is the critical link between our great classrooms and this strong community. Between her background and board experience and leadership, she knows the district’s culture, resources, and difficulties. Jean Marie understands the district’s finances and the importance of being a good steward of funds entrusted to the District by the community to ensure long-term financial health.
As an experienced Kirkwood educator, Jean Marie believes she provides a unique perspective on the academic and social-emotional needs of our students. Because she has young children, she is committed to preserving and growing the district.
Nikole Shurn, Board Vice President
Nikole Shurn is a former middle/high school English Language Arts teacher and currently holds the position of Wrap Around Services building director for the School District of University City. In her role, she is responsible for assessing student needs and addressing those needs by identifying community resources that will assist in student achievement. Additionally, she is tasked with aligning and coordinating systems within the district and building adult capacity, resulting in better student outcomes.
Nikole has over 20 years of combined experience in the areas of nonprofit, education, corporate, and entrepreneurship. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Kentucky State University in Business Administration, a masters' in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a masters in Media Communications from Webster University. As a life-long learner, she is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Maryville University.
Nikole is dedicated and passionate about educational equity and racial justice and will be sure to bring a voice to the voiceless when it comes to those two topics. She is a member of the Keysor Racial Equity Committee, a member of Wyman’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, and a member of the Transformational Leadership Team at Brittany Woods Middle School. During her tenure on the board, she promises to make decisions in the best interest of ALL students and encourage clear and transparent communication for ALL stakeholders.
A pioneer at heart, Nikole graduated from Kirkwood in 1996 and currently has two students in the District – one at Keysor and the other at KHS. In her spare time, she brings the community together by mentoring kids and collecting prom dresses and prom-night necessities for high school girls and offers them free of charge to those need through her non-profit, Nspire 2 Dream and the Fairy Glam Project.
Mark Boyko, Board Secretary
Mark has served as the Director of the Kirkwood School Board since his election in 2019. Mark and his wife, Meg, have two children at Kirkwood Schools — one at Nipher and one at Kirkwood High.
Mark also currently serves on the Board of Directors of St. Louis Area Diaper Bank and previously served as a Director at Places for People, a St. Louis non-profit supporting families and individuals dealing with homelessness, and mental health and co-occurring disorders. Mark also served on St. Louis County’s Economic Rescue Team, tasked with recommending changes to help the county recover from the impact of COVID-19.
Mark is a lawyer whose practice focuses on protecting employee and retiree savings against inappropriate fees and conflicts of interest. He has litigated cases against dozens of corporations and secured over $500 million in judgments and settlements, as well as improvements to 401(k) and other retirement accounts. He also represents a biotech startup, having helped it grow from an idea to a 130+ employee brand valued at $700 million.
Mark graduated from the University of Illinois (Economics), University of Missouri (Law), and New York University (Masters of Law). His website is www.markboyko.com.
Angie Bernardi, Board Director
Angie Bernardi has served Kirkwood as a member of the School Board since her election in 2015. She currently serves on the District’s committees for Strategic Planning, Technology, Curriculum, Sustainability, Salary and Communications. She is also a member of the Kirkwood Legislative Advocacy Committee for Education, the Equity Gap Task Force, Discipline Philosophy and Policy Committee and the Kirkwood Every Child Promise Early Education Initiative. As a certified member of the Missouri School Board Association, she is the Delegate representing the District for legislative action on school funding, assessment, and other statewide policies.
She has worked closely with all stakeholders to articulate a new statement of vision and mission and to communicate the goals and objectives for a sound fiscal future for Kirkwood School District through systematic strategic planning. An integral part of the plan involved approving new technology as a tool for teaching and learning. Students are the focus of all policies at Kirkwood School District. Angie has focused on policies that support equity, inclusion and wellness concerning students' social and emotional needs. Angie has encouraged the district to support data-driven decisions through surveys, studies and focus groups. She has recruited resources in the community to support the district through collaboration with universities, similar districts and consulting groups.
Angie earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She learned to listen actively and build consensus while serving on executive committees, pastoral councils, school boards, parent associations, fundraising committees and advisory councils in the areas of education, youth ministry, performing arts, music, sports and scouts.
Working in R&D and new product development at Cooper Industries, she earned two patents for innovations in circuit protection. More recently, she has focused on strategic planning consulting for business and non-profit organizations with a focus on education. She contributed to the team that established the Washington University College of Engineering’s cooperative education program and conducted research, analysis, and coordinated development of strategic planning processes at Washington University, local parochial schools, and small businesses. She has also served for a number of years as a Campaign Representative in the Education Division, fundraising for United Way of Greater St. Louis. She was a member of the St. Peter’s Parish Board of Education for four years.
Angie has volunteered her time and effort to building the Kirkwood Community in many different ways. Angie is a board member for SPROG Inc. (an organization that provides summer education enrichment, recreational activities, leadership and workforce training, and summer employment for Kirkwood youth) and for the Kirkwood Player’s Production Company at Kirkwood High School. She is a member of the Washington University Women’s Society Education and Business Committees, and the Washington University Parent Welcoming Committee for Kirkwood students.
Angie supports education at Kirkwood parochial and private schools by collaborating and coordinating resources with the Kirkwood School District. As a member of St. Peter’s Parish in Kirkwood, she served four years on the St. Peter’s Parish Board of Education and currently works as a member of the Life to Eagle Board for Boy Scout Troop 323. Other community volunteer positions she has held for Kirkwood private and public schools include the following: Kirkwood High School Theater Program, Kirkwood School District Foundation, Kirkwood Pioneer Pride Band, Pioneer Athletics, KHS Cross Country, KHS Water Polo, Kirkwood PPO parent organization and The Repertory Theater.
Angie and her husband Bill have been proud to call Kirkwood their home for the past 27 years. They have three sons, a senior at Kirkwood High School, a 2016 KHS graduate studying at Washington University and a 2013 KHS graduate now working at the Washington University School of Medicine. Angie has dedicated her volunteer efforts to continuing to build the Kirkwood Community and looks forward to the opportunity to continue contributing to the strength of the Kirkwood School District as a board member.
Chad Kavanaugh, Board Director
Resident of Kirkwood School District for over 28 years.
Married to Lynn Travis Kavanaugh and have 3 children:
Caroline - 2016 KHS graduate
Jack - 2018 KHS graduate
Louis - 2022 KHS graduate
Our children attended North Glendale Elementary, Tillman Elementary, Nipher
Middle School, North Middle School, and Kirkwood High School.
My wife’s family has been heavily involved with the District for over 5 decades.
Successful business, leadership and management experience:
Enterprise Holdings – 19 Years; served on the National Diversity Team/Career Family focus Group
World Wide Technology – 9 Years
Relevant responsibilities: talent acquisition, policy development, P&L responsibility and problem solving.
Served and volunteered in many community roles:
Board of Adjustment for the City of Kirkwood
Boy Scouts of America
Executive board of Okaw Valley, Business Community Service Award
Assistant Scout Master and Cub Master in Kansas City
Achieved Eagle Scout as well as my son Jack
Deacon and Elder at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church
Current President of Kirkwood Rotary Club (2022)
Served and volunteered in many school district roles, which gives me an accurate and multifaceted
perspective on how the school district and community work:
KHS Class of 2016 Trivia Night and 2018 and 2022 After Graduation Party
KHS football program; organized pre-game meals and fundraising; Beautification Committees;
fundraising, and various campus cleanup activities.
KHS Color Run and Survival Bags fundraisers,
PBI (Pioneer Boosters Inc.) concession stand worker, KSD Foundation and Chili Bowl Off volunteer
Elementary and Middle school field trips supervisor, KHS business class mock interviewer.
I understand and have paid close attention to the challenges KSD faces:
teacher/staff downsizing, increased classroom size, facilities and grounds, student intervention, achievement gap, early childhood development, financial strains, school safety, and COVID protocols.
I take a pragmatic and action-oriented approach to solving problems using more than 25 years of leadership and management experience. I will listen to the community and discern without politics, always with the goal of finding common ground. I believe in the Kirkwood Community, and I am committed to providing the leadership needed to improve the already great Kirkwood Schools.
Judy Moticka, Board Director
My name is Judy Moticka (formerly Judy Larsen). In 1991, I was lucky to move into Kirkwood with my two young boys, drawn to the stellar schools and neighborhood feel. I taught high school English for 15 years, my last 6 at Kirkwood High School, and my boys and my stepchildren all went through Kirkwood schools, graduating from Kirkwood High School in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2008. While they were students, I was active in the PTO and other district events. Now, I am finishing up my second mayor-appointed term on the City of Kirkwood Human Rights Commission and also serve as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the Foster Care System.
In my personal and professional life, and in my volunteer service, I have focused on children--protecting them, empowering them, supporting them. I’m running for Kirkwood School Board because I believe there are few things more important than our public schools and because I know I have the experience to make a positive difference. I will work with fellow board members to move the district forward to a steady and bright future. I know the importance of hiring and retaining great teachers, and I know that parents are our partners in everything we do. Finally, I understand the responsibility of the School Board to be good stewards of the Prop R funds.
I believe it takes a village and we are lucky to live in a village such as Kirkwood. As a village, we must listen to one another, understand our differences, and try to find common ground. At the end of the day, my priority will always be what is best for the children.
Jennifer Pangborn, Board Director
Jennifer Pangborn is a dedicated Kirkwood resident who values community and education. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Masters of Science in Construction Management and now works as an engineer and community planner with WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. Jennifer’s career is focused on strategic thinking and project leadership, and she is a skillful collaborator. She helps communities plan long-term needs with fiscal constraints, all while meeting the needs of residents. Jennifer and her husband, Mike Dolde, have three boys. Joey and Billy attend Robinson Elementary, and Timmy will attend KECC in the next couple of years.
Mike and Jennifer moved to Kirkwood in 2013, because of the award-winning schools and strong community. Jennifer has been fully committed to the community and to the education of our children. She is the PTO Co-Vice President at Robinson Elementary, and has assisted with fundraisers, coached little league sports, and mentored students on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) projects. She serves on the Kirkwood Board of Adjustment at City Hall, and functions as a peer mentor to female engineers.
Jennifer wants to ensure a high quality education for current and future students in our community. Her professional experience will provide her with the patience for the process, but she will insist on actions and results. She carries the leadership and insight to create policies and plans to balance the highest quality services within the constraints of a responsible budget. Jennifer is a skillful listener, and she wants to find new ways to improve communication between the School Board and the community, so important decisions and discussions are relayed to all citizens of Kirkwood.
Jennifer’s professional career will be an asset to the Kirkwood School Board. She will encourage communication and foster consensus, so every child has the educational experience they deserve.